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Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

MUSEUM SELF-ASSESSED

The Osage Nation Museum recently completed a self-assessment program designed to make its staff better equipped to serve the public by meeting (or exceeding) the highest standards in the museum field.

During the four-month program, local workers met with Osage Nation constituents to develop a long-range plan. They also had on-site consultations with a professional peer reviewer selected by the American Alliance of Museums, officials said.

“We made several improvements at the museum immediately,” said Curator Hallie Winter, noting new comment cards and an interactive Visitor Experience Survey at the front desk.“Now we’ve got to outline some of our more-specific, long-term goals.”

The local museum previously participated in the assessment program in 1994 — when the facility was called the Osage Tribal Museum and E. Sean Standingbear was its curator.

“(G)oing through the program now has been crucial in understanding how far we’ve progressed,” Winter said.

Winter said the latest assessment will help the museum to grant applications seeking additional outside funding and, eventually, for obtaining accreditation.

The curator said being accredited “ultimately means our collections — the material we’re here to care for — will be around for generations to come.”

ROCKETS TO LAUNCH

The High Frontier 13 amateur rocket launches will be held Sept. 24-25 at Pawhuska Municipal Airport.

Around 300 rockets are expected to be sent up during the two-day event, which is sponsored annually by Tulsa Rocketry and the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce.

Ranging in size from a few ounces to more than 20 pounds, the hobby-scale rockets are constructed of cardboard, plastic, wood and composites. Larger models can reach an altitude of 10,000 feet and some will carry videocameras, radio transmitters and other instruments.

Saturday’s rocket launchings begin at 9 a.m. and will continue throughout the day. A special Saturday Night Launch is to start around 8 p.m.

No admission will be charged for the event. A drawing is held every half hour for a free rocket kit, which will be given away to one of the under-18 kids in attendance. Children who are accompanied by an adult are allowed to launch their rockets for free.

For more information, visit the High Frontier page on the Tulsa Rocketry website at http://tulsarocketry.org/high-frontier-13/

AUCTION TUESDAY

Two tractors and other equipment, plus firearms, ammo and “tons of tools” will be on the block Sept. 6 at the Osage County Fairgrounds’ First Tuesday Auction.

The monthly auction starts at 6:01 p.m. in the OCF Agriculture Building. Items can be consigned for the auctions by calling Cody Garnett (918-429-6349) or PeeWee Easley (918-287-8216).

A storage unit auction is scheduled to begin at 2:07 p.m. Sept. 11 at Marshan Properties, 1000 Lynn Ave. The cash-only sale will feature at least 10 packed units from multiple locations.

HEALTH FAIR

The Kanza Health Clinic is pleased to announce its upcoming health fair “Soar to GOOD HEALTH” scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 9. A Fun Walk will start at 8:30 a.m. The Health Fair will be held at the Johnny Ray McCauley Multi-Purpose Building, 3251 E. River Road, Newkirk. Lunch will be provided at 11 a.m. Vendor registration will open at 8 a.m. Booth viewing will begin at 9 a.m.

SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED

Pawhuska Hospital Auxiliary is accepting applications for health-career related scholarships which will be awarded for the fall semester.

Deadline is Sept. 12 to submit application forms, which are available at the Pawhuska Hospital. Completed applications can be returned to the hospital or to Dean Shoemate, Scholarship Chair, 1330 Melody Lane, Pawhuska, OK 74056.

HOME SOCIAL SLATED

HOMINY — The Fred Drummond Home will host its annual Ice Cream Social and Fundraiser on Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Open house tours are to be offered for the regular admission fee (adults $3, 65 and older $2.50, children 6-18 $1). Items from the Drummond Heirloom Exhibit will be on display.

Children’s activities will include a Bouncy Jump Castle ($2 for kids 11 and under, $3 for those 12 and up). The jump runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., while most of the other activities will be from 1-4 p.m. In addition to ice cream, hot dogs will be on sale.

Several educational events are scheduled. Richard Heinrich will be giving a trick roping demonstration. The first 30 children to learn a trick receive their own rope to take home.

The Victorian-style three-story home was completed in 1905 and is located at 305 N. Price. For more information, call 918-885-2374.